BFI London Film Festival: Nameless Gangster – Rules of the Time

He’s not nameless, actually. His name is Choi Ikhyun, and he’s played by Choi Minsik (star of Old Boy). But director Yoon Jongbin argues that he might as well be anonymous, since he so completely reflects the social and political conditions around him. We first encounter Choi as a corrupt customs office in Busan in 1982 and then observe his brains-and-brawn alliance with a local thug. They muscle in on nightclub-protection racketeering, but that’s a mere prelude to their dream of the big money which comes from running a casino. It’s only when they’re basking in success that the thieves begin to fall out… Yoon leaves his indie-film origins far behind in this powerhouse entertainment, the highest-grossing film of the year to date in Korea. It has obvious debts to Coppola and Scorsese, but the sardonic, satirical tone is all Yoon’s own. Whirlwind fun.

VUE, Screen 5 – Oct 11, 2012 8:45 PM
Rich Mix, Screen 1 – Oct 13, 2012 3:30 PM
Screen on the Green – Oct 14, 2012 6:15 PM

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